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NO. 3 

Entered as second-class matter April 1, 1924, at the Post Office at Fredericksburg, Va., under the 

Act of August 24, 1912. Acceptance for mailing at special rate of postage provided for in Section 

1103, Act of October 3, 1917, authorized December 3, 1938. 

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//Vary Washington is the Woman's College of the University of Virginia and is an integral 
part of the University System. It is a liberal arts college, and its purpose is to provide for 
women educational opportunities comparable to those provided for men in the College 
of Arts and Sciences on the campus of the University at Charlottesville. 

The name of the college has real historic significance and background, combined with 
intimate local associations. The college overlooks the home and tomb of Mary Washington; 
the boyhood home of her illustrious son, George Washington; and Kenmore, the home of 
her daughter, Betty Washington Lewis; and the grounds were at one time a part of the 
estate of Betty Washington. 

Mary Washington College is ideally located amidst the finest traditions of Old Virginia, 
almost in the shadow of the Nation's Capital and accessible to the great centers of culture 
of the East. The spacious grounds, including the main campus and the historic Brompton 
estate, containing 381 acres, are situated on the famous Marye's Heights, commanding a 
panoramic view of the City of Fredericksburg and the beautiful Rappahannock River 
Valley, and are adjacent to the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. 

The setting, campus, and buildings possess a singular charm and appeal. The stately 
colonial pillars, the rolling shady lawns, and the hallowed traditions which cluster about 
the place are vividly reminiscent of the gracious charm, culture, and romance of the Old 
South. The environment is both inspiring and romantic because of its colorful past and 
the peculiar blending of the life of early colonial days with the life of today. 

Considering the historic significance of Fredericksburg and the fact that it is one of the 
most accessible and cultural communities in America, it would be difficult to find a more 
fitting place for a college or an environment more stimulating. 


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This building is named in honor of the Father of our Country whose boyhood 
home was in Fredericksburg and whose life and activities were closely associated 
with the community. 


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Offices of the President. 

/his quiet and deserted-looking corridor 
comes to life each day when hundreds of 
earnest young women traverse it on the way 
to lectures; to take part in a radio program 
in the broadcasting studio; to confer with the 
President, Dean, Registrar, or Treasurer; to 
enter the large auditorium on the right to at- 
tend a motion picture, a drama or comedy by 
the Mary Washington Players, a symphony 
concert or opera, a convocation or quiet 
chapel exercises. At other times the tempo 
changes, and it rings to the laughter and 
gayety of young people on the way to the 
ballroom or going up to emerge on the spa- 
cious roof garden under the magic of the 
moon and stars. 

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Residence hall for seniors. Named for the neighboring county of Westmoreland- 
birthplace of Washington, Lee, Monroe, and many other prominent men. 

-Ziving quarters in the newer 
residence halls are arranged 
either in suites of two rooms 
with connecting bath or one 
room with private bath. 

/hroughout the college 
care has been exercised 
to surround the student 
with comfort and an at- 
mosphere in keeping with 
academic dignity. 

Mary Ball, Dolly Madison, 
and Mary Custis Halls con- 
nected by arcades. 

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-student /Tceiidencei 

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A handsome residence lo- 
cated on a beautifully land- 
scaped acreage at the south 
end of the campus. This 
property is one of the most 
recent additions to the main 
college campus. 

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Facing central quadrangle. Contains offices of the Dean of Women and living 
quarters for approximately 260 students. 

Science Hall, named in 
memory of Algernon B. 
Chandler, Jr., a former 
President of the College. 
This building houses the 
biological and physical 
sciences, and the home 
economics laboratories 
and demonstration work. 
Well-eguipped labora- 
tories provide workshops 
for study and experi- 
mentation in all the sci- 

ike (lot Lege. Snoppe 
located in Chandler 
Hall, is a combination 
shop and tearoom and 
is a popular meeting 
place for students and 
faculty alike. Students 
have the privilege of 
dancing here with ap- 
proved dates on desig- 
nated eveninas. 

This building stands on the site of an Indian 
village of the Seacobeck tribe visited by 
Captain John Smith in 1608. It is one of the 
most beautiful buildings on the campus, and 
contains dining halls, lounge room, kitchen, 
offices for the dietitians, and storage rooms. 
It is airy and well-ventilated and has the most 
modern eguipment, including its own re- 
frigeration plant. 

One of the four dining halls. 

/he artistically decorated dining halls, divided by 
French doors from the lounge room with its beautiful 
dome lighting, large fireplace, deep carpet, and com- 
fortable furnishings, provide a dignified setting for 
the formal dinners and banguets as well as a guiet and 
pleasant place in which to enjoy the routine meals of 
the day. 

A formal dinner preced- 
ing a symphony concert. 

/he famous Stone Wall 
and Sunken Road at Bromp- 
ton where more than 9,000 
soldiers were killed and 
wounded in the first battle 
of Fredericksburg, Decem- 
ber, 1862. This wall and 
the residence on the hill 
above were also the center 
of attack in May, 1863. 

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served as a shelter for the 
wounded during these bat- 

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Built in 1730, the Scene of Notable Events in Peace and War. 

The historic Brompton estate, including the mansion, is a part of 
the college. This beautiful old colonial residence served as the 
headguarters of General Robert E. Lee during the Battles of Fred- 
ericksburg, and the marks of shot and shell are still plainly visible. 
The first unit of the building is believed to have been erected about 
1730. Brompton, more than two hundred years old, stands today 
in guiet but impressive dignity and is a veritable treasure-trove of 

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Recalls the memo- 
ries of George 
Washington's sis- 
ter and Kenmore, 
her Fredericks- 
burg home, now 
an historic shrine. 

Mary Washington 
represents the 
best type of cul- 
tural college, large 
enough to provide 
a liberal educa- 
tion but small 
enough to give 
personal attention 
to each student. 

yvy-clad walls contrasted with 
gleaming white pillars. 

/he ' 'Bridge of Sighs' ' in the spring- 
time when the glen is covered with 
rhododendron, honeysuckle, and a 
carpet of soft green moss and grass, 
and the stillness is broken only by 
the singing of the birds and the mur- 
muring of the brook as it wends its 
way through the overhanging trees 
and vines. 

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/he paneled Browsing Room 
with comfortable chairs and 
lounges and a large fireplace, 
the Periodical Room, and the 
Virginia Room combine to make 
the library one of the most de- 
lightful places at the college 
for relaxation and reflection as 
well as study. 

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/he library building 
has facilities for 150,- 
000 volumes. It also 
contains the Mendel 
Museum and class- 
rooms for instruction 
in library science. 

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Named in memory of the late E. Lee Trinkle, former Governor of Virginia and 
for many years President of the Governing Board of the College. 

/he mural students create their 
own background by transforming 
Monroe Hall with the magic of 
design and color. What better 
teaching than the actual doing. 

Th guest for 

beauty in art and 
life — a search for 
heightened vision. 

.Ziving in an artistic environment, the Mary- 
Washington student develops an apprecia- 
tion of the beautiful. Art students receive in- 
dividual instruction in drawing, painting, de- 
sign, sculpture, and interior decoration. 

//vurals of subdued tonality form a back- 
ground for the colorful pageant of student 

/he spacious auditorium of George Washington Hall is eguipped with the finest stage 
appointments, sound devices, and all that ensures the ccmfort of an audience and effect- 
iveness of speakers and performers. The stage scenery and settings are planned to take care 
of the most elaborate programs. The auditorium also contains a pipe organ and moving 
picture eguipment. A number of dressing and make-up rooms are conveniently located 
under the stage. 

The College Symphony Orchestra. 


ever in the 
history of the 
world was 
there greater 
human need 
of the arts, 
and espe- 
cially music, 
than there is 
today. Ittrans- 
c e n d s na- 
tional and 
racial bound- 
aries. It is in 
fact a univer- 
sal language. 

The Mary Washington Players. 

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The college recently has acquired the rare and very 
valuable music collection of Dr. Felix M. Gatz, orches- 
tral conductor, musiologist, and composer. Founder 
of the Scranton Symphony. It contains most of the 
standard complete operas, symphonies and concertos 
including conductor scores and full orchestral parts, 
also standard and unusual works in piano, trio, quar- 
tet, choral and solo vocal music. In addition, there are 
some 600 books, many rare and over a hundred years 
old, published in French, German, and English, on 
music, esthetics, philosophy, and the arts in general. 
There is probably no music collection in the South to 
compare with it in size or variety. 

//vusic is an integral part of our 
educational program and as such 
is a source of enjoyment and in- 
spiration. Private instruction is of- 
fered in voice, piano, organ, and 
all string, reed, and brass instru- 
ments, as well as group instruction 
in the band, orchestra, Glee and 
Choral Clubs, and the history and 
appreciation of music. 

College Dance Orchestra. 

/he rhythmical cadence and colorful 
pageantry of the College Band. 

/sadio broadcasting in George Washington 
Hall. Mary Washington on the air. 

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/he position of the buildings gives them a commanding appearance, bringing out in 

srrcr.cj the classic beaury c: :he architecture. 

/residence halls with the comforts of today and the charm of yesterday. 

/he college although non-sectarian 
and recognizing the religious free- 
dom of the students, places a dis- 
tinct emphasis on spiritual values. 
It feels a deep responsibility for 
their spiritual welfare and endea- 
vors to maintain high moral and 
Christian standards. Assembly and 
chapel exercises are held regularly 
during the session, and local and 
visiting ministers, the college Y.W. 
C.A., and other organizations on the 
Hill are invited to take part in con- 
ducting these services. Every year, 
Religious Emphasis Week under the 
auspicesof the Y.W.C.A.isobserved. 

/he college is noted for the natural beauty 
of the grounds and impressive classical 

Foyer of auditorium in 
George Washington Hall. 

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bodily motion interpret a 
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/he college provides expert riding instruction and an ample number of saddle horses. 
The Oak Hill Riding Academy, containing clubhouse, the riding ring, and stables, stands 
in a dense grove of trees near the campus. Extensive shaded bridle trails wind through 
a rolling countryside. 


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Water sports in a 
picturesque and 
secluded section 
of the campus. 


'n ample cam- 
pus provides fa- 
cilities for an in- 
vigorating and 
healthful outdoor 
life. Sports are an 
important phase 
of life at the col- 
lege, and students 
may engage in the 
recreational activ- 
ities and sports in 
which they are 
particularly inter- 
ested. Tennis, 
archery, hiking, 
hockey, golf, rid- 
ing, and swim- 
ming offer a wide 
variety from which 
to choose, and the 
mild Virginia cli- 
mate permits stu- 
dents to engage in 
outdoor activities 
throughtout the 

Section of the in- 
door swimming 


Swimming pool 
at Framar. 

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/he classic columns of Seacobeck Hall portray the Jeffersonian influence. 

May Tsa.y 

The dancers, 
orchestra, Glee 
Club, and our 
own composer 
conspire to cre- 
ate a ballet of 
touching beau- 
ty. In the per- 
fect setting of 
the amphithe- 
atre, the newly- 
crowned May 
Queen sur- 
rounded by her 
court reigns 
over a festival 
of music, color 
and movement. 

/he amphithe- 
atre built on the 
natural slope of 
a hill, in the 
midst of a dense 
growth of trees, 
is the scene of 
the May Day 
and C o m - 
mencement ex- 
ercises, and is 
freguently used 
for plays and 
other forms of 
during the 
spring and sum- 

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«Zuncheon on one of the Roof 

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A roof garden cool as the deck of a 
rolling ocean liner, the sky studded 
with the moon and stars for a can- 
opy, the one man to place the ring 
on her finger, a nationally known 
orchestra and smooth dance floor — 
a perfect climax to an eventful year. 

c>tately Colonial pillars, rolling shady lawns, and the hallowed tradi- 
tions which cluster about the place are vividly reminiscent of the 

crscicus crrarrr. cu.rure ana romance c: me C-d Scu:h. In ihese idyllic 
surroundings college days pass all too guickly. 

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Named for the fifth President of the United States. Contains lecture rooms, art 
studios, the Little Theatre and gymnasium. 

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Campus takes on 
added beauty when 
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J n the rear of the campus, deep wooded ravines threaded by crystal streams add 
a picturesqueness to the college grounds. 

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/V system of general instruction, which shall reach every description of our citizens, 
from the richest to the poorest, as it was the earliest, so it will be the latest of all public 
concerns in which I shall permit myself to take an interest." 

"I am closing the latest scene of my life by fashioning and fostering an establish- 
ment for the instruction of those who come after us. I hope that its influence on their 
virtue, freedom, fame and happiness will be salutary and permanent." 

— Thomas Jefferson, Founder of the University. 

-Z)ays of inspira- 
tion and gracious 

Students enter- 
t a i n i n g at 
Kenmore Hall 
during Garden 


he campus overlooks Fred- 
ericksburg — "America's 
Most Historic City." On the 
heights now occupied by the 
college once stood Seaco- 
beck, an Indian village visited 
by Captain John Smith in 

The old Sunken Road at the 
base of the heights; the 
Confederate Cemetery at the 
foot of the hill; the breast- 
works and gun emplacements 
on the crest of the hill; and 
Brompton, the battle-scarred 
Colonial residence, constitute 
mute but eloguent testimony 
of the two sanguinary battles 
which were staged on these 
heights during the War Be- 
tween the States. 

4il5totLc Kenmote, the home of 
Betty Washington Lewis, sister 
of General George Washington, 
in full view of the college. 

lomb on Wa.5nLnaton 

Standing in plain view of the cam- 
pus, this simple but graceful shaft 
marks the burial place of the mother 
of George Washington and serves 
as a constant and impressive tribute 
to high ideals and noble woman- 

c7Tome of Mary, the mother of George Washington, located just off 
the campus. 

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draws its students from every state in the Union, the territories, and many foreign 
countries. The enrollment is necessarily limited by high standards of admission 
and a rigid selective system. As a result, the college turns away hundreds of 
applicants each year. 

yn a publication of this nature the amount of material that can be used is naturally limited, 
and it has been necessary to omit pictures and descriptions of many of the buildings and 
students activities, as well as references to other phases of life at the college. No attempt 
has been made to present the educational program or detailed information in regard to 
course offerings. The college catalogue which contains complete information in regard 
to courses, entrance reguirements, costs, etc., will be sent upon reguest.